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A Food Crisis Is Here: Trouble For Farmers In The Corn Belt


Trouble is brewing for farmers in the United States located in the “corn belt.”  Corn is fed to the animals much of the country consumes, so without it, we are staring a food crisis right in the face.

Corn planting is already behind on schedule. The weather in the United States has made farming difficult as of late, while bankruptcies soar and flooding continues. As the weather in four of the top six states for corn production couples with the skyrocketing number of bankruptcies of American farmers, we could be on the precipice of a food crisis. And to make matters worse, none of the weather is expected to improve, putting even more financial pressure on the already stressed farmers according to the latest Crop Progress report is issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to an AccuWeather analysis.

The four states significantly behind on schedule are Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota; and they are expected to remain that way, according to AccuWeathermeteorologists who have been analyzing the data. Those four states combined to produce nearly 40% of the corn in the U.S. If the weather continues a wet pattern through late May, consumer prices could go up this summer. Iowa and Nebraska, the other two states among the top six corn producers, are also behind, albeit, only slightly behind, according to data from the USDA.

“The question will be how much farther it will fall behind the pace,” said AccuWeathersenior meteorologist Jason Nicholls. “It’s about a week behind schedule right now. If it were to go to a week and a half or two weeks, that’s big news. Most of the problems are because of consistent rains, plus there is also rain in the forecast,” Nicholls said. “Of the two key producing states, Iowa isn’t too bad, but Illinois is way off schedule.”

By this time of year, 43% of corn crops would already be planted in Illinois, according to the five-year average provided by the USDA. However, just 9% has been planted so far. Iowa averages 26% of crops planted at this point, and 21% has been planted so far.

Three of the other top corn producers are lagging behind this season so far. Minnesota (2% of corn crops planted by now compared to its five-year average of 24%), Indiana (2% compared to 17%) and South Dakota (0% compared to 17%) are also well off pace. –AccuWeather

“We think one of the weeks in late May will end up being drier, maybe at the end of the month,” Nicholls added. “But the week of May 6-12 looks pretty wet and May 13-19 doesn’t look good either.”

This could be the beginning of what amounts to a food crisis.  Although most don’t see a “run on the grocery stores” happening, we’ll see higher prices at the pump (corn is used for ethanol) and less choice at our stores with a higher price tag on those things available.

If you can, now would be a great time to learn to grow your own food or raise your own meet.  Obviously, not everyone can own a cow, but if you can grow some vegetables, you’ll be slightly ahead of those who cannot if the food crisis smacks us all upside the heads.

53 Comments on "A Food Crisis Is Here: Trouble For Farmers In The Corn Belt"

  1. makati1 on Mon, 13th May 2019 7:30 pm 

    BY the way..just how could it “change quickly”? Your city evacuation, I mean? Here in the Ps, yes, people have farms and family to go back to, The US, not so much.

    What are Americans going to go back to? Crabgrass lawns in developments with no topsoil and little water other than commercial? Not to mention the expertise to actually grow significant amounts of food on, what, a few hundred square feet of land? How many four plus member families have an acre plus of good land/soil to actually try to survive on? Few. Very few.

    You do not garden obviously. You seem to believe that snowflakes can grow a successful garden without any experience. LMAO!

    Your bullshit gets more and more ridiculous every day Delusional Davy.

    BTW: And how do they survive the rest of the year when the weather is too cold to grow veggies? Do they know how to can and dry and preserve what they may have grown? No even a clue. ‘Self sufficient’ Americans is a joke.

  2. john on Mon, 13th May 2019 8:32 pm 

    Might be a good time to learn to “meet” (sic) if you are going to write about farms.

  3. Arela on Wed, 29th May 2019 8:54 am 

    I don’t know nothing about farming but I do have common sense and it sounds more to me like someone just wants to raise food prices because their pockets never get fat enough.
    People who actually do care about others in this world have easy access to information and knows all about weather modification, over 80,000 chemicals that we are all exposed to daily, falling out of the sky on crops and us. We know about depopulation and all the other evil agendas as well.
    Doesn’t quite sound as if the writer of this article does.

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